Discombobulated

Discombobulated is a cool word, somewhat archaic, yet surprisingly current. At least for me. It explains how I’m feeling—confused, disoriented.

I’m trying to get back into the routine of blogging, visiting, and writing. For the last week I’ve been making the rounds of blogs (hi, friends!), and I’m working on a WIP. The latter has been going well. I’ve finished a short story I wrote for a murder-mystery anthology. Currently, I am in the clean up and trim phase. I need to cut 2,500 words and then share it with my critique partners. I’m excited about the story and it feels good to be focused on a project again.

On the home front, life is less settled. I live in Pennsylvania, where half of our state has reopened to the “yellow phase” of doing business. My county is not one of those and has been slated to reopen on June 4th.

The problem?

Many counties—mine included—have decided to defy our governor’s orders and reopen on May 15th. Things have gotten f-ugly with state vs. counties. To make matters worse, the industry in which I’m employed is governed by the state. Needless to say the whole thing is a mess and I am monitoring day-to-day press conferences as is my employer.

I am discombobulated.

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Perhaps this explains why I have been reading the same book for over a week. That’s odd for me, especially given the book is fabulous. I’m glued every time I open my Kindle. Yet I find it hard to open my Kindle for my regular evening routine. I’ve been going to bed earlier than usual and sleeping like a log. Being discombobulated is not fun.

I hope it doesn’t last much longer.

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All of that aside, I pray you and your love ones are doing well. Whatever phase of craziness your state is in, look after yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. A few months ago, we would have never envisioned this reality but there is no escaping it. If my father were still living, today would be his 98th birthday. I don’t believe he could have ever conceived this in his lifetime. Until a few months ago, I wouldn’t have either.

If you’re discombobulated hold faith that it too will pass.


And if you have a moment while you’re roaming the blogosphere, my good friend Craig Boyack is hosting me today with a closer look at my short story, In Search of McDoogal. I am so discombobulated, I got my wires crossed and thought it was next week—which is why I don’t have a dedicated post directing readers there.

But Craig has rolled out the red carpet for me, and I’d love to send visitors to his blog. If you are not already following him, you’re missing out on entertaining content and a great author. You can find today’s post HERE. Race you to Craig’s place . . .

Welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author, Marlena Smith

Colorful banner for Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Blog Tour HostHello, my friends! Today, I’m pleased to take part in my first Spotlight Author post for the Rave Reviews Book Club. You’ll be seeing more of these on my blog as I participate in showcasing authors in this fabulous club. Today, the limelight is on Marlena Smith, who is on a week long tour and is here with an engaging post about bucket lists. Please comment and make her feel welcome! Take it away, Marlena…

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Welcome to Day 4 of this incredible “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour! (By the way, that’s “incredible” because of RRBC and my fantastically supportive blog tour hosts!!) I’m so happy you have joined us on the tour!

With a show of hands, who has a BUCKET LIST? I imagine there are some exciting things on those lists! Things you want to accomplish, places you want to see, people you want to meet.

Now, what about my fellow authors? Do you have a special Bucket List, one that is geared towards your writing? Well, you should!

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until recently that I stumbled across this fun idea. I felt like it was a must for me! So today, I am sharing with you some of the things on my Writing Bucket List for the upcoming year (or two!).

old style fountain pen resting on top of papers with writing and the words My Bucket List in foreground

  1. Devote more time to my personal blog. – Post more reviews, host more guests, share more about my life and my writing.
  2. Devote time to my Freelance site. Build my portfolio, build my readership, make things happen.
  3. Publish THE POWER OF LOVE in the spring.
  4. Have a book signing. Meet readers. Make new friends.
  5. Get my very first book review.
  6. Publish an inspiring, thought-provoking article in a magazine. Maybe even more than one.
  7. Give back to those that have impacted my life. (This includes my family and RRBC.)
  8. Visit South Carolina and California, both of which are locations for my YA Romance Novel, A MOMENTARY GLANCE. (Of course, I’d love to just visit these places, too!)
  9. Go on a Writer’s Retreat, completely isolated, surround by nature.
  10. Publish A MOMENTARY GLANCE by the end of 2017.
  11. Attend local Author events.
  12. Step out of my comfort zone, do something crazy, and write about it.
  13. Travel and explore this beautiful world, so I can be inspired.
  14. Write & publish a poetry book.
  15. Publish a cookbook. (Would love to do this as a fundraiser project for Relay For Life.)

I do hope you enjoyed today’s post. I greatly appreciate you stopping by! Please share your thoughts. I would love to hear items that fall on your bucket list.

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Book cover for The Power of Love by author Marlena Smith shows silhouette of man and woman kissing on a snowy nightBOOK BLURB:
All she wanted was a fresh start. 
 

Eight months ago, Scarlet made the choice to leave the prison she called home, and to escape the man that put her there. She had made a new home for herself in the small town of Belmont, Montana. The abandoned apartment was far from luxury, but she was better off, away from her past life.  

She never expected to meet Lucas, the local hero and town’s only doctor. She didn’t expect to enjoy the small town life. She didn’t expect her past to catch up to her. 

Will she risk it all? Risk revealing her secrets at a chance of love? Will she be forced back into the life she hated? Will she gain control of her own destiny?  

Available Spring 2017!!

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Author Bio:
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Author Marlena Smith is a true Southern Belle at heart. Her home has always been in Alabama and she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Growing up as a preacher’s daughter, faith and family played a large part in her life.

Her earliest memory of writing was that of 2nd grade when she was selected to attend the Young Author’s Conference in her home state. Little did she know then that her future was being mapped out.

Today, Marlena is an Author, Freelancer, Book Reviewer, Researcher and Secretary of Rave Reviews Book Club. She may wear many hats, but her passion remains with writing. That’s where her heart is and that’s where she feels she belongs. She has several works in progress, including an upcoming short romance, THE POWER OF LOVE, expected to be out in Spring 2017.

Until then, you can check out some of Marlena’s writing in the RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL ANTHOLOGY, available on Amazon.

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